noun in·sur·rec·tion \ˌin(t)-sə-ˈrek-shən\

: a usually violent attempt to take control of a government

Full Definition of INSURRECTION

:  an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government
in·sur·rec·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
in·sur·rec·tion·ary \-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective or noun
in·sur·rec·tion·ist \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun


  1. <the famous insurrection of the slaves in ancient Rome under Spartacus>


Middle English insureccion, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin insurrection-, insurrectio, from insurgere
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of INSURRECTION

rebellion, revolution, uprising, revolt, insurrection, mutiny mean an outbreak against authority. rebellion implies an open formidable resistance that is often unsuccessful <open rebellion against the officers>. revolution applies to a successful rebellion resulting in a major change (as in government) <a political revolution that toppled the monarchy>. uprising implies a brief, limited, and often immediately ineffective rebellion <quickly put down the uprising>. revolt and insurrection imply an armed uprising that quickly fails or succeeds <a revolt by the Young Turks that surprised party leaders> <an insurrection of oppressed laborers>. mutiny applies to group insubordination or insurrection especially against naval authority <a mutiny led by the ship's cook>.
INSURRECTION Defined for Kids


noun in·sur·rec·tion \ˌin-sə-ˈrek-shən\

Definition of INSURRECTION for Kids

:  an act or instance of rebelling against a government


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